Wisdom: Apprenticing to the Unknown and Befriending Fate

Wisdom: Apprenticing to the Unknown and Befriending Fate

by Paul Dunion
Wisdom: Apprenticing to the Unknown and Befriending Fate

Wisdom: Apprenticing to the Unknown and Befriending Fate

by Paul Dunion


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Wisdom: Apprenticing to the Unknown and Befriending Fate is a lucid account of such an apprenticeship. The work's major theme is: You can't get life right; and if you allow, life may get you right. Efforts to get life right-including the Spiritual Bypass, the Intellectual Bypass, the Psychological Processing Bypass, and the Trivia Bypass-are debunked as alleged detours around life's mystery, unpredictability, and insecurity. The work offers a unique developmental model describing how wisdom evolves as we allow defeat to interrupt the ego's claim to sovereignty, preparing us to reconcile life's inevitable dominance. We can then begin to live the question: What is life asking of us? Further maturation of the apprenticeship happens as we live the question: How do we confirm what truly matters?

The target audience is composed of those who refuse to believe that aging means accumulating years while slipping into mediocrity, massaged by cocktails and playing golf. My work continues to reveal a population approaching middle age who are disillusioned with dominant cultural understandings of aging. They want to believe that aging is not simply about escaping an unfulfilling career and experiencing mental and physical decline. This group will greatly benefit from the work's lucid account of how to construct a personal epistemology, or what it means "to learn about how to know." The text introduces the notion of good knowing, which avoids branding a fact with certainty. The reader is encouraged to commit to knowing the knower, in regard to biases and psychological defenses, welcoming ambiguity and ignorance.

The target audience further encompasses those reaching retirement age who want to believe that their life experience is not limited to a series of personal and professional victories and defeats. Rather, they wish to leave behind a legacy as a final offering, embracing a life well-lived while feeling prepared to leave this earthly plane. The aging apprentice is inspired to acquire an artifact symbolic of some early driving force that rendered power in the name of adventure and ambition. Seven stages of development are examined, leading from the driving force of ambition to the driving force of discriminating wisdom. With less to prove, grace comes to the aging apprentice, interrupting a sense of urgency. Gratitude reconciles us with grace, morphing into the eyes of mercy, as the aging apprentice now knows the true name of home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781662907357
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Paul Dunion, EdD, is a wholistic psychological healer, teacher, and author, also calling himself an eclectic mystic committed to remaining mindful of life as a mysterious and unpredictable journey. Paul teaches how to make peace with the unknown. Employing an existential modality as well as a somatic approach to treating trauma, he is trained in EMDR and is a graduate of the Somatic Experiencing Institute. He earned his Doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. As a professor of Philosophy and one who guides healing and growth, Paul has spent forty years examining the kinds of life choices that can yield the wisdom path. He focuses on what it means to see life as offering an Initiation, guiding and challenging us to find our way to our own depths. Committed to a Socratic method of teaching, Paul's intention is to serve as a muse, awakening the truths that live in his students. A steadfast believer in the power of community, Paul founded Boys to Men, a Connecticut mentoring program for teenage boys, and COMEGA, the semi-annual Connecticut Men's Gathering, now in its 30th year of service. Paul also created The Croton Mystery School as well as offered many workshops to assist others in crafting a devotion to living in unity with life. Paul currently is a Senior Expert with Mobius Executive Leadership, where he teaches at Mobius' Next Practice Institute and offers customized Leadership Immersions globally. Storytelling, speaking and writing are some of Paul's strongest gifts. He is a regular contributor to Medium and SelfGrowth and has published dozens of articles and blogs pertaining to human potential in various journals and platforms including HuffPost. His works include 5 books. Seekers: Finding Our Way Home, received high praise from Writers Digest Self-Published Book Awards who called it "a thought-provoking work that will benefit readers at any point in life. (...) This is the type of book that people should read and return to again and again. A wonderful book." His title Dare to Grow Up: Become Who You are Meant to Be has been adopted as a classroom text by the Hamline University School of Business. Regarding Wisdom: Apprenticing to the Unknown and Befriending Fate, Paul says: "I wrote this book because I've believed in the possibility of wisdom since I began studying philosophy at age 19. I was deeply moved by Socrates' response to his friend Chaerephon, who is told by the Delphinic Oracle that Socrates is the wisest man in Athens. Initially puzzled, Socrates recalls a recent conversation with another who believed himself to be indisputably knowledgeable. Socrates says, 'Maybe she's right. The fellow I was just speaking to actually believes he knows something.' Thus, began my introduction to curiosity having a primary place on the path to wisdom. What I have been naive about is just how much of an ego adjustment it would take to point me in the right direction. I also wrote this book because it hurt my ears every time I heard the word wisdom referred to in some demeaning way, when information through technology has appeared to become sacrosanct." Paul continues to champion and encourage learning in regard to making peace with life's essential mystery and insecurity. His teachings, consulting, and writing offer the message that in creating such peace we evoke a proclivity for wisdom. He advances the vision that "as we release our strivings to control and dominate life, we engender an attitude of unity consciousness. Such mindfulness yielding the depth and meaning of living life relationally. We come to know genuine belonging both with ourselves and to our lived experience." Please learn more about Paul at www.pauldunion.com.
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